By John Conteh-Morgan, Tejumola Olaniyan

ISBN-10: 0253110904

ISBN-13: 9780253110909

ISBN-10: 0253344395

ISBN-13: 9780253344397

African Drama and function is a set of leading edge and wide-ranging essays that convey conceptually clean views, from either popular and rising voices, to the research of drama, theatre, and function in Africa. subject matters diversity from experiences of significant dramatic authors and formal literary dramas to improvisational theatre and renowned video motion pictures. South Africa's fact and Reconciliation Commissions are analyzed as one of those social functionality, and elements of African functionality within the diaspora also are thought of. This dynamic quantity underscores theatre's function in postcolonial society and politics and reexamines functionality as a kind of excessive paintings and daily social ritual.Contributors are Akin Adesokan, Daniel Avorgbedor, Karin Barber, Nicholas Brown, Catherine Cole, John Conteh-Morgan, Johannes Fabian, Joachim Fiebach, Marie-Jos? Hourantier, Loren Kruger, Pius Ngandu Nkashama, Isidore Okpewho, Tejumola Olaniyan, Ato Quayson, Sandra L. Richards, Wole Soyinka, Dominic Thomas, and Bob W. White.

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He walked in a leisurely fashion, affecting a very slow movement, and even stopped from time to time. ” As he took his seat, drums, trumpets, and bugles were sounded. Three slaves went running out to summon the king’s deputy and military commanders, who then came and sat down. When the king summoned any of his subjects, the person called would take off his clothes and put on worn garments, remove his turban and don a dirty skullcap, then approach the king with his garments and trousers raised knee-high.

Descriptions of travelers, analyses of anthropologists) to support my contention that large portions of public communication (sociopolitical interaction) in many African societies, before and during the period of full-scale colonization that began in the nineteenth century, were structured in similar theatrical ways (see Fiebach 1986). François N’Sougan Agblemanon thus considered the “theatrical approach” (stratagème théâtral) a fundamental feature of African oral societies. With regard to storytelling performances as a “school for education” (école d’éducation), he claimed that the “theatrical approach” not only played a role in reducing the tensions between the individual and society but created an environment conducive to the cohesion of a given group and enhanced the individual’s receptiveness of community values.

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